Vienna Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Vienna
Austria’s capital has a lot of things you typically associate with many central European cities: beautiful architecture, great food, a thriving art scene and good beer! Don’t miss out on Vienna! Start here with my basic Vienna travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Vienna travel blogs.
When to Visit
Vienna has four very distinct seasons, and each one is beautiful in its own way. Winters get very cold and snowy, so make sure you bring appropriate clothing. It is usually pretty dry and in fact often sunny in winter, so as long as you wrap up, you’ll be fine. Spring is mild and very green, making for a great time to do some outdoor activities. Summer is hot and often humid with regular storms, but the longer days and warm evenings make it a great time to visit Vienna too. In fall, the change of the colors is a great show, while temperatures drop enough to make being indoors appealing again. Whenever you choose to visit Vienna, you won’t be disappointed by this beautiful city!
Top Things To Do
Pick a museum – Vienna has so many fantastic art museums, it’s hard to say which to visit first. Try the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Albertina or Schatzkammer for historical art, or the MUMOK, MAK or Leopold Museum for contemporary art.
Ride the Riesenrad – The giant ferris wheel in the Prater amusement park on the edge of downtown Vienna symbolises the city and is one of its most famous attractions. Take a ride to relive the scene from The Third Man, while also getting a great panoramic view of the city’s skyline.
Hit the Naschmarkt – In the trendy Mariahilf district, the Naschmarkt is a 16th century food market with over 100 stalls where you can come and do your weekly grocery shopping or eat a full meal, with cuisines from all over the world represented. Wander around, take a few samples and have a meal by the canal.
Although it’s a relatively small city, taking a tour around Vienna will save you time and get you in to some areas of the city you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one. Take a look at this selection of Vienna tours.
LGBT – Gay Vienna Travel Guide
These are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Vienna.
Felixx Bar – A fancy gay bar near the Naschmarkt, this place is actually very laid back and attracts a mostly young, attractive crowd. Perfect for dates!
Why Not – One of the oldest gay clubs in the city with three dance floors serving different kinds of music for every taste, they have a good range of cocktails for reasonable prices. Come just before midnight for free entry!
Sling – A clean and well known cruising bar, this place is perfect place to come for an early party, especially if you like being naked around strangers! Different kinds of parties take place each day, so check the schedule before turning up to avoid unwanted surprises!
More gay travel resources here.
Vienna Hotel Deals
Vienna has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. They’ll likely get full when there’s a conference or special event in town, so definitely consider booking in advance. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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